A discourse in commemoration of the life and services of Daniel Webster, delivered before the citizens of Providence, November 23, 1852

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Knowles, Anthony, 1852 - Statesmen - 39 pages
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Page 34 - Hyperion's curls, the front of Jove himself, An eye like Mars, to threaten and command, A station like the herald Mercury New-lighted on a heaven-kissing hill, A combination and a form indeed, Where every god did seem to set his seal, To give the world assurance of a man.
Page 35 - What is all this worth ? nor those other words of delusion and folly : Liberty first and Union afterwards ; but everywhere, spread all over in characters of living light, blazing on all its ample folds, as they float over the sea and over the land, and in every wind under the whole heavens, that other sentiment, dear to every American heart: Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.
Page 34 - While the Union lasts, we have high, exciting, gratifying prospects spread out before us, for us and our children. Beyond that I seek not to penetrate the veil. God grant that in my day at least, that curtain may not rise!
Page 34 - When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may they not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union ; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent ; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood. Let their last feeble and lingering glance rather behold the...
Page 19 - I shall endeavor properly to repress them, although it is impossible that they should be altogether extinguished. We must, indeed, fly beyond the civilized world ; we must pass the dominion of law and the boundaries of knowledge ; we must, more especially, withdraw ourselves from this place, and the scenes and objects which here surround us, — if we would separate ourselves entirely from the influence of all those memorials of herself which ancient Greece has transmitted for the admiration and...
Page 21 - Resolved, That the committee on public lands be instructed to inquire and report the quantity of public lands remaining unsold within each State and Territory, and whether it be expedient to limit for a certain period the sales of the public lands to such land?
Page 7 - She was proud of her sons and ambitions that they should excel. Her anticipations went beyond the narrow sphere in which their lot seemed to be cast, and the distinction attained by both, and especially by the younger, may well be traced in part to her early promptings and judicious guidance.
Page 19 - ... it, have conspired to raise, may be disappointed. An occasion which calls the attention to a spot so distinguished, so connected with interesting recollections, as Greece, may naturally create something of warmth and enthusiasm. In a grave, political discussion, however, it is necessary that those feelings should be chastised.
Page 18 - Resolved, That provision ought to be made, by law, for defraying the expense incident to the appointment of an Agent or Commissioner to Greece whenever the President shall deem it. expedient to make such appointment.
Page 15 - ... race who from small beginnings, when fifteen or twenty miles a day fatigued them, would in the end walk off fifty miles at the rate of five or six miles an hour. I think that he also mentioned the London porter, who at first staggering under a load of 150 or 200 pounds, would in time walk off with six or eight hundred pounds with apparent ease.

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